SpinQ Gemini: a desktop quantum computing platform for education and research
College of Physics and Electronic Engineering & Center for Computational Sciences, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China
2 Shenzhen SpinQ Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China
3 Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
4 Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
5 Department of Physics, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
6 Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Accepted: 12 July 2021
Published online: 22 July 2021
SpinQ Gemini is a commercial desktop quantum computing platform designed and manufactured by SpinQ Technology. It is an integrated hardware-software system. The first generation product with two qubits was launched in January 2020. The hardware is based on NMR spectrometer, with permanent magnets providing ∼1 T magnetic field. SpinQ Gemini operates under room temperature (0–30°C), highlighting its lightweight (55 kg with a volume of ), cost-effective (under 50k USD), and maintenance-free. SpinQ Gemini aims to provide real-device experience for quantum computing education for K-12 and at the college level. It also features quantum control design capabilities that benefit the researchers studying quantum control and quantum noise. Since its first launch, SpinQ Gemini has been shipped to institutions in Canada, Taiwan and Mainland China. This paper introduces the system of design of SpinQ Gemini, from hardware to software. We also demonstrate examples for performing quantum computing tasks on SpinQ Gemini, including one task for a variational quantum eigensolver of a two-qubit Heisenberg model. The next generations of SpinQ quantum computing devices will adopt models of more qubits, advanced control functions for researchers with comparable cost, as well as simplified models for much lower cost (under 5k USD) for K-12 education. We believe that low-cost portable quantum computing products will facilitate hands-on experience for teaching quantum computing at all levels, well-prepare younger generations of students and researchers for the future of quantum technologies.
PACS: 03.65.Wj – / 03.67.Lx – / 03.67.Pp –
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